Ilana Tolpin Levitt received her Master’s degrees in Counseling and Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She has worked as a career consultant in private practice for over 17 years, both in New York City and more recently in Middlesex County, New Jersey.  She has done corporate career counseling at Citibank and is currently Director of Training and Development in Human Resources at The New School in New York City. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York.

Ilana understands the difficult emotions that come with career transition.  She has a proven track record in helping clients choose fulfilling careers, make successful career transitions, and perform more effectively on the job. She is a motivational speaker and she conducts group training programs on career development, performance management, and team building.

Ilana’s career development inspired her choice of work. “As a daughter of a psychoanalyst, I had a wonderful role model of a working woman and witnessed firsthand how women can balance family and work. I knew I liked people and wanted to help people but as many daughters feel, I didn’t want to ‘become’ my mother. Exploring my own direction, I took slightly different educational paths and developed a specialty in career counseling. I have come to fully understand the power of unconscious and conscious family influence on career choice.” Ilana found this aspect of her own process so compelling that she and her mother developed workshops on mother-daughter relationships, which they led together for many years, and they have helped hundreds of women explore their development and their relationships. (See “Mothers-Daughter Workshops: An Interactive Encounter, the Most Powerful of Relationships,” Group Psychotherapy Journal,  Volume 22, No. 3, 1998 p 179-199.)

Degrees:

BA: Psychology, Binghamton University

MA: Organizational Psychology, Columbia University, Teachers College

MED, Counseling Psychology, Columbia University Teachers College

Certifications/Licenses:

Nationally Certified Counselor

Master Career Counselor as designated by NCDA

Licensed Professional Counselor, NJ

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, NY

Memberships:

American Counseling Association

National Career Development Association

Mid-Atlantic Career Counseling Association

New Jersey Counseling Association

Career Development Specialists Network